Remember that Turkish winger who signed in January? The one we were all raving about? Me neither…
Frei has struggled to get any minutes under his belt recently, let alone starts. £2million was paid for the Turkish International and despite seeing glimmers of his quality just after he signed, we haven’t even seen his true potential on the pitch recently.
Many Blues fans are asking questions, however, Zola underlined that he does have plans for Frei and that the winger will be introduced when he wants to start playing more offensive football.
Here’s what the Blues boss had to say on the situation:
“At the moment, the main focus is to defend well because the whole team feels more comfortable with that mind,” Zola was quoted as saying on the official club website.
“I tell them every training session that their time will come. I know they are quality players.
“For the way they train they deserve to play, but they know that at the moment that what is required is something different. “It is not what they want, but to be fair they are continuing to work very hard.
“As soon as we get the points we need I will be able to make the team more offensive. “Sometimes we could try to do more going forwards by playing one more offensive player.
“But considering the circumstances and the pressure we were under some time ago it easier for the team to be strong and compact and hard to beat than to be creative and offensively.
“When they are given the opportunity, I am sure they will give it back. Their commitment is very high.”
With the likes of Ricardo Quaresma ahead of him in the Besiktas pecking order, the 23-year-old found it near impossible to keep a starting place in the squad.
Frei decided to return to England in January in pursuit of first team football but has played just 371 minutes of Championship football.
What do you think, when will we see the return of Kerim Frei?